The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday inaugurated moderate Muslim scholar Yudi Latief as the chief of the newly established presidential working unit for the implementation of Pancasila as the state ideology.
Yudi will be supported by nine advisors, who also took their oath of office on the same day at the Presidential Palace.
The nine advisors include Jokowi's patron Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman and former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, retired Indonesian Military (TNI) general and former vice president Try Sutrisno and former Constitutional Court chief justice Mahfud M.D.
Other members of the unit's advisory board comprise leaders of interfaith organizations. They are Muslim intellectual, pluralism activist and former Muhammadiyah chairman Syafi’i Ma’arif, Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin, Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) chairman Andreas Anangguru Yewangoe, Indonesia Hindu Religious Councils (PHDI) chairman Wisnu Bawa Tenaya and Buddhayana Indonesia Assembly (MBI) chairman Sudhamek.
Former Muhammadiyah chairman Sirajuddin "Din" Syamsuddin was initially on the list of figures to be inaugurated as advisors on Wednesday, but he was later replaced by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) chairman Said Aqil Siroj.
The reasons behind Din's replacement remain unclear. The Presidential Palace has not yet issued an official statement on the matter. (ebf)